"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God."
If you knew the queen of England, and you need her assistance and you were sure that she could help you, you could invite the news media knowing that she will probably watch the BBC network. You could also just call her, or write her a letter that you are for sure she would see. The prayer Solomon offered was made with this same logic in mind.
The Bible Never says that if you find yourself praying to the West, or North or South that your prayers wont be heard. There isn't anything necessarily 'holy' about the east either.
Pagans also worship the 'Sun' facing the East (Ezekiel 8:15-17).
We face the east when we pray because from the United States and particularly from the latitude of the city of New Orleans, Jerusalem and the place where the temple was is Directly East. From Chicago more southeastern. If I was praying from Japan, Asia, or Iran I would pray towards the West. Likewise If i prayed from Russia or the Netherlands, I would pray South. And from Africa, northeastern.
LET IT BE KNOWN: Solomon's temple was destroyed before Jesus walked the earth. After Jesus' death and resurrection His prophecy of the 2nd temple being destroyed was fulfilled in 70AD, by the Roman General Titus. Remember, that it is not the building we are praying to, but the spot, and the City. That is where the Lord watches, CONTINUALLY!
The last question remains; Did the Lord Hear Solomon's prayer? And what was His answer?
"And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice... If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."
-TUNE IN DAILY DURING VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. 8/1/10-8/7/10-